The ‘key findings’ from the Henley in Transition Transport Project, which was a combination of an on-line survey (over 500 responses), interviews with local businesses/organisations and some Henley College Student Research Projects were presented to the Traffic Advisory Committee yesterday morning (30 July) by Laila Meachin.
- Most people were not aware of the serious pollution problems in the town
- Support for restricting access to HGVs as well as making Henley a low emission zone for buses and HGVs
- Dissatisfaction with public transport. In particular, people want to see a more frequent, cheaper train service with later trains from London.
- More people would use public transport if improvements were made
- Many journeys by car are of 2 miles or less. There is scope for getting people to use alternatives.
- A lot of people would cycle more if they felt it was safer.
Below are also some quotes from the survey:
- “Henley MP needs to do more to improve the service of our trains. First Great Western are not meeting the government set targets. Commuting in and out of London is soul destroying….impacts on family life and stress levels.”
- “A cycle track from Shiplake to Henley, possibly along the old railway line, would mean many fewer risky overtakes on the road from Shiplake to Henley which jeopardize us all.”
- “Safe pedestrian pavement between Shiplake and Henley.”
- “Bus routes should be more frequent but also should be easier to understand and more accessible to reach, as most people have no idea where buses go and when they come.”
- “None fit into my requirements, school run, work commute, etc. all alternatives too infrequent, inflexible and ultimately too slow.”
- “Speed up the flow get rid of those traffic lights that were supposed to be a trial”
Full reports and research documents can be read at http://transport.henley-in-transition.org.uk/
Dave McEwen from Henley in Transition said, “An overall summary report is now being worked on and part of this will then be recommendations for action or the need for further research.”